Search Your Browser Bookmarks from Spotlight [Mac]

Do you have a lot of browser bookmarks in Firefox and/or Google Chrome? If so, I’m sure you’d like an easy way to search through them on your Mac – like you can with Safari bookmarks. Luckily, the Brow Mac app makes that all possibly in just a few short, simple steps.

Here’s how to add your browser bookmarks to Spotlight.

1. Download the Brow app from this website and install it on your Mac.

2. When you run the app for the first time, you’ll see its icon in your menu bar. If you find the icon irritating, you have the option to make the Brow icon invisible so that it only runs in the background. Since the app does not need to be running for your bookmarks to be accessible with Spotlight, this is simply a matter of preferences.

3. You’ll also need to grant Brow access to your browser’s bookmarks. Click on “OK” to get started.

Grant Brow access to your browser's bookmarks.

3. When that message disappears, you’ll see two options that are off by default: run invisible and launch at login.

You can turn either or both options on if you’d like. If you choose to run invisible, then you’ll still able to access Brow’s preference window from Launchpad, Spotlight, and Finder.

4. Now you can grant access to your Firefox and/or Chrome bookmarks. Click on the “Grant Access” button next to the appropriate browser in the preferences window.

Brow preferences window.

5. When you click “Grant Access,” brow will open a file selection window. There’s no need to browse or to select any file or folder though; just click on “Grant Access” and you’re done. Brow will begin to sync your bookmarks. You will also need to grant access to your sync data output folder.

No need to select a file or folder; just click on Grant Access.

6. You will know that your bookmarks are synced because a green light will show next to the Sync Status. You’ll also see the number or bookmarks synced next to the browser. Once everything is all synced, you can quit Brow.

Brow will let you know when all of your bookmarks are synced.

Note: It seems that Brow only works with Google Chrome and not other Chromium based browsers. I’m using Chromium on my Mac, but it does not show up in the browser list. Lucky for me, I’m using Xmarks so my bookmarks are the same in all of my browsers.

That’s all there is to Brow. Now when you search in Spotlight, you’ll see your Firefox and/or Chrome bookmarks shown in the Documents section.

Note: Safari bookmarks are shown in the Webpages section. This makes it easy to tell the difference between the two.